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Northwood Elementary students practiced with others around the state for Wednesday morning's severe weather drill. Northwood Elementary students practiced with others around the state for Wednesday morning's severe weather drill.
NORTHWOOD, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Wood County students practiced with others around the state for Wednesday morning's severe weather drill.

When severe weather strikes, every second counts when it comes to children's safety. That's why students at Northwood Elementary School are preparing for the worst.

"We do our best to get them in the hallway, lowest level of the building interior, and cover their heads," said Kelly Neundorfer, principal of Northwood Elementary School.

With their faces pressed to the lockers, students sat in the hallway with their hands tucked behind their heads. They know all too well the wreckage severe weather can cause.

"Our students are aware, especially with the situation that happened a few years ago down at Lake," said Neundorfer. "Those students were well aware of the situation that happened just down the road a mile."

Complete destruction was too close for comfort in June 2010. Then, a tornado hit the area again in November 2013.

Northwood Elementary's building was constructed in 1938 and administrators say it could be safer.

"Structurally, I think it's a pretty sound building. However, back when our buildings were constructed, that was probably not at the forefront of concern," explained Neundorfer.

Administrators hope voters pass a levy this May to help pay for a new building.

"Anything built now, all of those items come in from it - being security, to lockdown procedures," said Neundorfer.

Until then, it's the same duck and cover.


Wednesday's statewide drill is part of Severe Weather Awareness Week, a time when schools, businesses, and families are encouraged to practice their emergency plans. Learn more on staying safe from the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness.

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